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Oakland Raiders head coach Norv Turner has not yet devised the game plan for Saturday's preseason opener at San Francisco but this much is certain -- the third wide receiver will be Ronald Curry.

Jerry Porter and Jerry Rice will get the starting nod but when the Raiders go to the three-receiver look, Curry will get the call. Curry is one of several receivers drafted in the last three years along with Doug Gabriel, Carlos Francis and Johnnie Morant that will get a long look.

That emphasis became more crucial after the Raiders released 16-year veteran Tim Brown. Turner added that his substitution plan will vary by unit.

"The guys that have played 200 career games don't need that much time," Turner said.

Vocal Williams

Tight end Roland Williams continued his vocal ways in the morning two-minute drill Wednesday. He piped up to those standing along the sideline, "I want you to watch now! The defense is not supposed to hold."

Of Williams' vocal nature, Turner quipped: "He hasn't lost any consistency with that."

No lead horse yet

Turner, a big advocate of the ground game, said he hopes to name a No. 1 running back soon as Tyrone Wheatley, Amos Zereoue, Troy Hambrick and Justin Fargas are vying for that distinction. None, however, have been named with such a distinction.

"The biggest thing is that whoever it is has to get used to the line and the line has to get used to them," Turner said.


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